Some passing motorists on Interstate 405 outside Culver City, Calif., have had to do a double take, Huffington Post reported May 27, as they drove by the JC Penney billboard stationed on the roadside, because, well, they think it looks like Hitler. Yes, that Hitler. But it isn’t. Not really. It’s an advertisement for a designer tea kettle.
But to some it looks a lot like the author of Mein Kampf.
(Because of its more rotund shape, it actually appears more like the “South Park” character Eric Cartman, especially during his anti-Semitic rants on “Hitler for Halloween” and “The Passion of the Jew” episodes where he sported a tiny Hitler mustache. Just sayin’.)
Nothing like the power of suggestion…
The billboard advertisement is for the Michael Graves Design Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle, which can also be found on the JC Penney website. (Spoiler: It looks much the same as it does on the highway billboard, i.e. Hitler in a tie — or something like that.)
The JC Penney billboard has sparked immense interest, not to mention plenty of Internet dialogue on Twitter and Reddit.
It has also prompted a retort from JC Penney itself via Twitter, directed at Huffington Post: “@HuffingtonPost Totally unintentional. If we’d designed the kettle to look like something, we would’ve gone w/ this: pic.twitter.com/abFVWYY79b”
The picture the company posted is of a tea kettle resembling a snowman.
And they are surely correct, but a tea kettle resembling a snowman will in no way garner as much publicity as that of this Cartman Hitler tea kettle does.
(Related, but an aside: Kudos to the Daily Mail, for the title of their Hitler billboard article: “World war brew: J.C. Penney places huge billboard advert over Interstate Highway for kettle ‘that looks just like Hitler’.”)
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2331567/World-war-brew-J-C-Penne…
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And speaking of tea kettles, doesn’t someone do a parody of Hitler doing the “Tea Pot” children’s song? Mel Brooks or someone? You know, thick Austro-German accent: “I’m a little tea pot, short and stout…”? No?
Still, the tea pot resembles a nearly faceless Fuhrer with that handle grip placed perfectly where that thick mop falls away from the extreme right (just like his politics, no less) part in the dead dictator’s hair. But it more closely resembles Cartman as Hitler (except that Cartman’s part was slightly center-left). Either way, it is a hilarious accident of unintentional design on the part of Michael Graves. Just sayin’.